Boxing and MMA gloves are one of the many sports gears that can smell as nasty as unwashed gym socks if not sanitised properly. Sweat and natural leather make for a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Stinky gloves are not only off-putting, but they are also unhealthy.
Here are two simple solutions to remember how to keep your gloves clean: DRY & DISINFECT.
- Pat dry: After each session, wipe and pat dry both the outside and the inside of your gloves. You can use clean microfibre towels, paper towels, or dryer sheets.
- Air Dry: Don’t leave your gloves inside your gym bag overnight. As much as possible, let your gloves breathe and dry naturally.
- Homemade disinfectant solutions work best with gloves as some commercial sprays can be too harsh and may affect your leather gloves. Make your own cleaning solution by filling a spray bottle with half part vinegar and half water. Make sure to spray the inside as well as the outside part of the gloves.
- Baking soda or bi-carb soda has anti-bacterial and deodorising properties that can help fight harmful bacteria. When your gloves are dry, sprinkle a few pinches of baking soda inside each glove and let sit for a few hours or overnight. Just tap the baking soda back out and dispose before use of the gloves.
We hope these tips help. A few extra cautions to NOT put your gloves inside the washer and dryer, and also not let them dry under the sun, as both may destroy the gloves.
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